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Macklemore finished his anticipated NRL Grand Final performance of pro-equality song “Same Love” with a simple sentence: “Equality for all.” Crowd members could be seen forming their fingers into hearts as the US rapper sang the 2012 song, accompanied by openly gay musician Mary Lambert, during his set for the Grand Final’s half-time show at …

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Sir Elton John has worn a North Queensland Cowboys scarf at his Cairns concert, ahead of the NRL Grand Final tonight. The British music legend put it around his neck and then on top of his piano before his encore performance of 1973 ballad “Candle In The Wind” at the Cazaly’s Stadium gig on Saturday …

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US rapper Macklemore has pledged to donate his Australian revenue from his song “Same Love” to the “Yes” campaign for marriage equality. Macklemore will perform the 2012 track at today’s NRL Grand Final and calls from conservative politicians for it to be banned from the event sent the track to No. 1 spot on Australian …

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Indonesia is set to pass a law that would ban the portrayal of LGBTI characters in television shows. The Jakarta Post reported widespread support in the country’s House of Representatives for the new broadcasting bill, which includes a ban on any lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender “behaviour” on TV. All shows, including advertisements and documentaries, …

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The organisers of Cairns Tropical Pride have invited everyone to a “flash mob” photo opportunity at the city’s rainbow crossing this weekend. The city became the first in regional Queensland to boast a rainbow-coloured pedestrian crossing when Cairns Regional council installed one on the Cairns Esplanade in 2016. The crossing has returned this year and …

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Students and teachers at Adelaide’s Craigburn Primary School wore dresses on Friday for their “Do It In A Dress” fundraiser, which attracted a phenomenal $291,000 for charity after criticism from Senator Cory Bernardi. For their end of term “casual clothes” day, students at the school chose to donate money to the One Girl charity’s “Do …

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Immigration minister Peter Dutton has said the NRL should also allow a same-sex marriage “no” campaign song at the Grand Final this weekend, alongside a planned performance of US rapper Macklemore’s 2012 hit “Same Love”. This week, a petition was started asking the NRL to take a neutral stance on same-sex marriage and calling for …

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Frances Abbott has supported US rapper Macklemore amid calls to ban him from performing his 2012 pro-equality song ‘Same Love’ at the NRL Grand Final this weekend. The controversy began when a petition was launched demanding the NRL take a neutral stance on same-sex marriage and the song not be played. Frances’ dad Tony Abbott …

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Human rights groups have urged the government in the European country of Azerbaijan to release a number of LGBTI people from jail after an alleged spate of mass arrests and violent abuse. Activists claim that in the last fortnight as many as 100 people have been arrested or detained by authorities in the capital city …

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The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has announced it will publish weekly national estimates of the number of same-sex marriage postal surveys that have been returned. The estimates will be published on the ABS website each Tuesday from October 3, until the survey closes on November 7. Official participation rates will not be available until …

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